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Peru's Fujimori under house arrest in Chile

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• Peru alleges Fujimori ordered death squads, participated in corruption
• Fujimori has denied all allegations
• Fujimori fled to Japan before arriving in Chile in 2005
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SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) -- Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was placed under house arrest Friday after a Chilean prosecutor recommended he be extradited to Peru to face charges of human rights abuses and corruption.

Chile's Supreme Court has yet to rule on the recommendation.

Peru alleges Fujimori, 68, ordered death squads and participated in acts of government corruption. He has denied all the allegations, calling them politically motivated.

Fujimori arrived in Chile in 2005, in what some saw as a possible attempt to return to Peru and seek office there in 2006. He was placed under house arrest for six months in Chile, but authorities lifted the restriction last year on the condition he not leave the country. He lives in an exclusive neighborhood in a Santiago suburb.

Fujimori had served as president for 10 years when in 2000 he fled to Japan, where he holds dual citizenship. He attempted to resign from the presidency by fax, but Peru's Congress refused to accept it, declaring him morally unfit to govern.

Japan refused to honor Peru's request to return him for trial, saying its nationals should be subject to Japanese law and pointing out the lack of an extradition treaty between the two countries.

Journalist Alberto Pando contributed to this report.


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